West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty waterlife outfitter of quality marine grade products, apparel, footwear and accessories, will host the grand opening celebration of its newly expanded store in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, March 20 through 23, 2014. Located at the Eastern Shopping Plaza at 4186 Carretera in Fajardo (beside the Pep Boys and across from Walmart), festivities are planned to begin each day at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 20, Saturday, March 22 and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 23 with special in-store events, tips from experts, electronics demos, door-buster deals, giveaways and raffles.
The expansive store serves boaters and sailors who enjoy the waters in and around Culebra, Palomino, St. Thomas. And at 16,000 square feet, this store is now the largest West Marine in Puerto Rico and will serve an active coastal region. Fajardo will include an increased area for fishing supplies and a newly created engine parts section as well.
The Fajardo store will also have a sailing hardware department plus a large softgoods division to outfit all members of the family for a day on the water. The 19-person West Marine crew has several hundred combined years of boating, fishing and sailing experience and collectively have cruised thousands of nautical miles.
“Puerto Ricans and visitors of the region appreciate the outdoors and enjoying life as much as possible,” said General Manager Pedro Monge - a Puerto Rican native and lifelong marina enthusiast who has been with West Marine for more than 13 years. “The Fajardo location in particular was designed to meet the needs of this community and we are excited to have the opportunity to serve them year-round.”
West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, with 289 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts – and offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company’s wholesale channel is one of the largest distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine’s stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.